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Game Recap: Wheeler Struggles Early, Mets Can’t Rebound

By Chris Schubert

The Mets continued their push towards ending the season on a positive note, while trying to keep miracle playoff hopes alive. Long innings sunk Zack Wheeler in the early going and the Mets couldn’t recover, losing to the Nationals 10-3.

Game Highlights

Bryce Harper got the Nationals on the board first with a two-run home-run in the 2nd.

In the 4th, the Nationals added to their lead. A throwing error by Travis d’Arnaud allowed the Nationals to score the first of two 4th inning runs.

Zack Wheeler, already in trouble, allowed the game to get out of hand in the 5th. The Nationals got three runs off of Wheeler in the 5th, courtesy of two RBI singles by Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond.

The Mets wouldn’t go down without a fight through, as Wilmer Flores broke a 0-21 streak with a two-run home-run of his own, pulling the Mets within four.

Werth added another RBI in the 6th, giving the Nats a five run cushion.

Curtis Granderson responded in the 6th with an RBI single of his own.

Denard Span continued the trend of the Nationals hitting home runs at Citi Field, putting the Nats up 10-3 in the 9th.

Other Notes

Zack Wheeler’s final line isn’t pretty. He went 4 innings, allowed 6 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikouts throwing 100 pitches.

Wheeler’s struggles can be attributed to a problem that has been going on all year, and that is Wheeler’s control and pitch count.

Wilmer Flores absolutely crushed his fourth home run of the season.

Juan Lagares had a three hit game tonight, continuing to show that he can be a lead-off hitter in the future.

The Mets had an opportunity to get closer to .500 tonight, but weren’t able to get it done. Hopefully they get back on the horse tomorrow and continue to push towards that goal.

Player of the Game: Anthony Rendon gets player of the game honors tonight. He continued his good series with another three hit game this series, his third straight game of that kind.

Next Up

The Mets and Nationals get together tomorrow afternoon for game three of their four game series. Jordan Zimmermann goes for the Nationals while Jon Niese will go for the Mets.